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Fantastic for swimming,
This review is from: Sony Walkman Waterproof All-in-One Sports MP3 Player - Black (Electronics)
I have been using the Walkman for four weeks now. I am swimming every second day for 1.5 hrs - all strokes but majorly front-crawl and backstroke and some fly and breaststroke also.
I'm a competing approx. four times a year. So, one could say I'm not a pro-athlete but not a pure amateur who swims for fitness purposes only.
I'm telling this to you so you know under what exact conditions the player is used and how it performs.
When I bought the player and used it for the first time, I was able to reproduce the malfunction other reviewers describe here.
If too much water gets into your ear it gets into the player too and as water isn't particularly good in transmitting sound waves, the volume goes down to a level that I would describe as: the TV/Radio is playing in the background.. It's there but you don't really pay attention to it.
You don't have to let the player dry out over night, with some firm tapping as described in the manual (don't be too shy.. it has to be quite firm without being too hard) you are able to get some of the water out immediately and continue at 75% of the maximum volume - which is quite a lot as the player gets very loud.
The second time I was using the player this issue happened to me much later in my swim-session when I tumble-turnded and pushed of the wall quite hard (We were doing 100m individual medley sprints - for those who wondered). One of the earpieces fell out and some water went in again, the volume went down and I was staying at the end of the lane tapping the water out for a minute or so. Adjusting the strap that gives additional tightness for the player helped and it didn't happen again until the end of the session.
AND ONCE YOU GOT STARTED:
Since then I never faced any severe problems or issues with the player. It took me a while to figure out how to fit it on properly but since than, swimming with music makes the training sessions much more fun and enjoyable.
ADDITIONAL OPERATING HINTS
- An additional hint would probably be to put the player on BEFORE you go into the pool as obviously water gets into your ear and you seal it in your auditory channel if you then put the player on.
- If the player slips off: adjust the neck strap to give the player extra tightness so it doesn't happen again. Additionally, try to get as much water out of your ears and the player as you can before you continue as otherwise, again, you seal the water in your ears and it gets into the player.
- If water gets into the player and the volume drops to a VERY low level, try to tap out some water as described in the manual. IT HELPS (even if it doesn't get out the water completely for the current session you're in).
- Try to find your right earpieces: I didn't mention it above, but between the first and the second time I used the player, I tried some of the earpieces. For me, the pre-fitted ones fit best. But it seems that you sometimes need a different size for your left and right ear.
I was struggling whether I should rate this player with 4 or 5 stars.
I decided to give it 5 as the initial problems weren't a malfunction of the player.
Here's why: If water gets in, the volume drops. Thats not a problem unique to this device, it's a problem called PHYSICS. Water is bad at transmitting sound-waves. As soon as the water gets out again, the player works fine.
This can happen to you with every other water-usable MP3 player.
Yes - one may say: Sony could do better ensuring the earpieces are sealed with your auditory channel to avoid water getting in. But hey - if you read the manual, they tell you pretty much everything that I just told you, i.e. if you read it, you know how to use it properly.
If you use it properly - it's brilliant:
- Nice sound quality
- You hardly notice that you are wearing it
- Good battery life
- Easy to use
Overall this Walkman is fantastic to make your swimming more fun!
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Initial post: 2 May 2013 10:37:23 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
Excellent review of the product, and the tips for getting it working properly are very welcome.
Just one small thing - in case any science students are reading - water is actually much better than air when it comes to transmitting sound. The speed of sound in water is around 1,500m/s, while in air it is only 330m/s. The problem is the water/air interfaces where a significant proportion of the sound wave energy is reflected.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2013 15:10:41 BDT
Thanks for this clarification :)!
Fortunately for me the effect is the same: muffled sound if too much water between the emitting and receiving device (Walkman / Ears)
In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 17:15:29 BDT
Birmingham Nick says:
Spot on matey and saved me the bother!
Posted on 9 Jun 2013 07:15:37 BDT
Mark N Powell says:
i have found that you can get ribbed earbuds . you can get on amazon uk which when used with this mp 3 player will solve the problem about 90 % of the time .when i e mail sony about this problen they did not want to know .the earbuds that come with it dont seem to fit deep enough into my ears to make a seal
Posted on 13 Sep 2013 14:33:27 BDT
Pete Watson says:
Great review, very detailed. Sony have been a bit 'hit and miss' in this area but they definitely seem to be getting their act together. After a few products going to market too early, they were in danger of damaging their excellent reputation.
The issue with water getting in does apply to most, if not all, in-ear versions. There is a new product which gets around this problem, FX Sport's VR1 Headphones. They use a silicone skin to 'upgrade' their sweatproof and rainproof product to fully waterproof. There is a little bit of preparation needed before swimming but this is well worthwhile, as the music/swimming experience is unbeatable. For the sake of taking around a minute to set up, it means your time in the pool is greatly improved. There is also a personal trainer function which allows you to program time designated messages to yourself. This can help you with technique or simply for time notifications to save you looking at the clock.
Here is a link to a video which explains them better than I can! :)
p.s. They are not just for swimming. I use them for boxing training and running, too. The fartlek sessions which you can download from the website are superb. Tough, but superb! :)
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2013 09:40:16 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2013 09:45:18 BDT
Sony NWZ-W262 Water Resistant Flash MP3 Player (2GB) - White
Thank you for the info, I just got mine and Im experiencing problems to make it work properly, I read the instructions from the beginning but I still can not make it work. I try to adjust the device with the band but as soon as it gets wet it slides and then the mp3 is loose in my head and keeps on falling, what would you suggest?
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2013 10:45:57 BDT
I would recommend to wear a swimming cap to additionally fix the player. Hope this helps =)!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2013 09:47:53 BDT
Mark N Powell says:
Hi when swimming i make sure its over my ears and on the back of my neck.when pushing off side have head down looking at bottom of pool.
Posted on 2 Dec 2013 23:51:57 GMT
Mr. M. Watling says:
Get a life old bean it's a waterproof Walkman ..who cares about your tumble turns! Ha